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Formigoni announces new members of Lombardy executive

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22 October, 10:32
Formigoni announces new members of Lombardy executive (ANSA) - Milan, October 22 - Besieged Lombardy governor Roberto Formigoni on Monday gave the names of three members of the executive that will be in charge of the region around Milan until elections. Formigoni dissolved his executive last week and called snap elections after it was hit by a string of corruption probes, including one in which he is suspected of wrongdoing related to health-sector contracts. He denies any wrongdoing.

The governor, a member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, had said the caretaker administration would be made up of non-political technocrats.

But he announced via Twitter on Monday that Andrea Ghibelli of the Northern League will keep his position as deputy governor. Formigoni was forced to dissolve the regional council after the League, which has itself been hit by corruption scandals, withdrew its support.

The governor also said that Mario Melazzini, the president of the Italian Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis association, and Andrea Gilardoni, a lecturer at Milan's Bocconi University, will be part of the new executive. He is expected to name the rest of the new team later on Monday.

It has not yet been established when the early regional elections will be held.